Yesterday I received in the mail an 8 page booklet supporting Measure B1. I found it to be very misleading in how the Measure is protrayed.
It states "by renewing our local sales tax and approving a new plan. . ." The Measure, if approved, DOUBLES the current 1/2% cent sales tax for transportation!! That's a bit more then just renewing the current sales tax. Further, renewing does not imply approving the tax FOREVER which is what this Measure does.
Further back in the booklet it states "We need B1 for good-paying jobs in Alameda County. . ." It should state this will provide jobs for unions as the county will require project labor agreements. This seems grossly unfair that non-union workers will be excluded from the opportunity to bid on projects funded by this tax.
Finally, I read the Measure and yes the projects sound good but i couldn't find anything guaranteeing that these projects would actually be completed.
I would like to know who is funding the Committee to Save Local Transportation Funding that paid for this mailer. I suspect the unions are probably contributing significant dollars as they stand to benefit.
I do believe that we need to continue to improve transportation but I find Measure B1 as its written flawed for a couple of reasona:
The tax should have an end date (sunset clause)
There should be a list of projects that will absolutely be completed rather then be at the whim of the politicians.
If this is such a great deal as folks like Cook-Kallio and DeMarcus claim, why do they need to send such a misleading mailer? I'm voting NO on Measure B1--rewrite the Measure with an end date and a list of pojects that WILL be completed and I'd be be happy to vote for it.